"The Chinese Ministry of Commerce's proposal to impose tariffs on Australian barley is a major blow to WA farmers.
"Western Australian barley exports to China were valued at $805 million in 2018-19. Around 88 per cent of Australia's barley exports to China come from WA.
"This is an important market for WA growers, with no ready alternatives. We know that WA malting barley is highly valued by brewers in China, who will no doubt be disappointed if this proposal proceeds.
"Seeding is just underway across the WA grain belt - the timing could not be worse for our growers, who have little to no time to reassess their options for the season.
"The Western Australian Government has always maintained good relationships with China as our major trading partner, and we will be making direct contact with the Chinese Consul General on the matter.
"The State Government will urge the Australian Government to work closely with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce to find a fair outcome for our growers.
"We strongly believe there are no grounds for the claims that Australian barley is being dumped or subsidised in the Chinese market.
"Australian barley exporters and the Australian Government have been provided 10 days to respond to the decision."
Minister's office - 6552 6200